Cosatu, Outa to meet e-toll review panel

Cosatu and Outa will meet with the panel to convince experts why the system should be scrapped.

An e-toll gantry on the N1 Highway in Johannesburg. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) will meet with Gauteng Premier David Makhura's review panel on e-tolls over the next week, to convince experts why the multibillion rand system should be scrapped.

The panel has to assess the socio economic impact of e-tolling.

Cosatu has launched a 'civil disobedience' campaign against the tolling system in Gauteng while Outa has been fighting the system's implementation in court.

Outa and Cosatu believe the review panel will be effective and they will hand in documents proving why the implantation of e-tolls was not a good idea.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says he hopes the panel will now understand why his association used millions of rand on court battles.

"We will have suggestions as to how we go about paying for this that has the best interests of society at its core."

Cosatu's Patrick Craven says the trade union federation will sit down with the panel tomorrow.

"The panel of experts has some people who we think will be very honest and thorough."

No one has been summoned to appear in court for not paying their e-toll bills but two prosecutors have already been appointed to prosecute motorists.

The controversial system went live on 3 December after months of legal wrangling, protests and calls for civil disobedience.